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Object ID # 1959.001.010
Object Name Plate, Decorative
Title Copy of Raphael's Sistine Madonna on a Royal Munich Plate
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date Late 19th-century?
Made Royal Munich
Place of Origin Munich, Germany [Bavaria]
Description This is an eight-inch, glazed white ceramic (porcelain) and ornamental plate from Munich Germany. In the centre of the plate there is a colourful transfer-printed religious illustration (copied from a famous Raphael Madonnna oil painting called "The Sistine Madonna") of a mother holding her child. This represents Mary and the Christ child. The original painting was done in the Renaissance, while the plate is likely from the late 19th-century or early 20th-century?
Makers mark Transfer-printed mark on the underside, of a crest with a standing lion with a crest to the left at the top half, and vertical stripes below. "ROYAL" is above the crest, and "MUNICH" is below. The base ring area is also transfer-printed with "7207". There is an indistinct blue-cloured beehive-shaped mark as well on the underside.
Provenance This plate was given to a clergyman, Dr. Arthur Harding Priest (b. 1891-d. 1958), in recognition of his services to the Anglican church.
This plate, and its mate, were donated to Grey Roots Museum as a memorial to Dr. A. Harding Priest of Owen Sound, Ontario.
The plates were given to the Priests in recognition of his services to the Anglican Church.

The Royal Munich mark is often on hand-painted porcelains. Sometimes Zeh, Scherzer & Co. is on the wares as well (a Bavarian maker). This plate has transfer prints. It is likely from the late 19th-century to early 20th-century time period, but more research is needed to verify exactly when Royal Munich produced it.
Collection Household Equipment, 20th-c Collection
Material Ceramic/Glaze/Transfer print
Dimensions D-3.2 Dia-24.8 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Priest, Dr. Arthur Harding
Function Function: Likely not intended a dinner plate, but likely was intended for show, especially as it is an art plate. The owners used to keep it , and a similar plate, also made by Royal Munich, displayed on a wall-mounted wooden plate rack. See RELATED items.